Friday, December 31, 2010

ATC: Introspection

Double Image Transfer, German scrap, Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Backed Canvas

Join me for Art Journal January 2011!

I've seen Youtube videos of Milliande and love how she shares her art and life with others. She's doing her Art Journal January again this year on her NING site, Milliande Art Community for Women. It is a safe, nurturing place for women...and it's FREE! Yes, I'm for real! Each day she will upload a video of tips and techniques and prompts for creating in your own Art Journal.
Come join me and check it out HERE.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Artist Trading Card

Here's an ATC I recently made following a class at My Creative Classroom, taught by Catherine Matthews-Scanlon, called "The Ins and Outs of Artist Trading Cards". It uses a double image transfer.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas already??

I can't believe it's already Christmas. Wasn't it just Thanksgiving? And that even came too early. Sheesh! Well one thing it does bring is my #2DS's birthday. He's 20 now!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

23rd Anniversary trip to Disney

My DH, Howard, and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary over Thanksgiving weekend. We usually take a night or two to get away at Disney. It's so nice to live so close to Mickey. We are members of the Disney Vacation Club and spent two nights at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Disney is amazing when it comes to decoration, food, and a good time.

So here's a few highlights from our trip. I will tell you that I like to take photos of architecture, art, and "things", while Howard likes photos of people. It's good we're together 'cause we end up with some really good pictures!

Here's an amazing ostrich lamp from the lobby

You've gotta know where the good food is...

The BOMA is a buffet-style restaraunt with a carver who will carve steaks and pork, traditional African entrees, salads, breads, wonderful soups(!), and desserts, of course. These things are tiny and you certainly can take one of each..I did!

Pecan tarts
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Some kind of Apricot thingies(not my fave)

Zebra Domes(yummy!!)

We went to EPCOT one we are in front of the "big golf ball"


Here's one of the artsy things I had to take a pix of. It is on the walls where you wait in line for "Living with the Land". It is an educational boat ride through Disney's hydroponic research gardens where they grow vegetables and have fish farming...these colors were so amazing I had to photograph it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

a gift for a friend...

I was invited to a friends birthday. She's turning 50 this year. I've known her since the 4th grade. Yeah, we're the same age, in fact, I'm 10 months older than her. UGH! It was hard turning the big 5-0.

Anyway, I needed a superb gift...not just any gift...a gift for a dear "old" friend. So I turned to a handmade item, of course. What else says, "I love you" and , "You're dear to me" more than handmade?

Here it is. It is NOT my design(thanks, Cat)

Felt, photos printed on fabric, coffee-stained lace, velvet ribbon, velvet leaves, silk flowers...all my favorite things! :D

More Fabric Postcards

Here's a few more fabric postcards I made for the swaps.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

November giveaway!

There's a giveaway on Chris Wheeler's blog, We Love Quilting - a needle felting book and supplies. Oh, I've always wanted to try needle felting. I've seen such gorgeous needle felted designs. If you'd like a chance to win, hop on over to her blog and get in on the action. Tell her Shirley sent you! ;-)

Friday, October 29, 2010

I'm in some new Swaps!!

You gotta come join me in a new(to me) swap group. Trading Fabric Post Cards .

Here's a few I just made for current swaps.

This one is Button, Button swap:
Thanksgiving Swap:

Create Your Own Fabric Swap:
I made paper fabric for all of these above, too. It's one of my fave things to create right now.
This one is an Artist Trading Card...
Hand dyed, hand stamped fabric then hand beaded, too.I have a new addiction!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Look what I made!

I made this huge piece for Xyron. They wanted a mixed media piece for display when they go to quilt shows. Hopefully, it will show a bit of what the Xyron Creatopia can do.
It's 24" x 30" and sits in a black framed shadowbox. It's really gorgeous.

Here's what I did:
I printed the photo of my mother-in-law onto fabric treated with Bubble Jet Set 2000.
I created fabric paper (a la Beryl Taylor and Kelli Perkins) for the flowers and hearts.
Music paper was cut using the Xyron Creatopia CUTZ blades.
Thin craft metal was embossed using the Xyron Creatopia Patternz.
Thin craft metal was also cut using the CUTZ blades.
I used Fabric Adhesive and Permanent Adhesive refillz for the Creatopia.
Then there's machine stitching, beading, wire work and flowing fabric.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just somethin' easy peasy I made as an example for an upcoming online class, "Crafting with the Cricut: Beyond Paper" that starts October 26th. Yes, I do realize it's made of paper and the title of the class is Beyond Paper. Trust me...(wink)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Online Class Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek at one of the many projects from the online class "Fabric: What, How, and WOW!" at My Creative Classroom. Class starts tomorrow, but you can register up to a week after class has already started.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Who likes to win prizes?

My Creative Classroom, the online art and crafting learning center where I teach, is sponsoring another giveaway on ScrapbookUpdate. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight EST Monday September 13th. Two lucky winners will receive a $25 scholarship to a class of their choice. Click here to view all MCC's classes. Ready...GO!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy National Sewing Month!

I bet you didn't know it's National Sewing Month, did you? Well, in honor of such a special event(and I'm being serious!) I made a very cool, very "green" reuseable market bag. There are a few very cool things about this.
The first cool thing is that I recycled blue jeans that my DS#2 outgrew to make the handles. The second, very cool thing(pun intended!) is that it's made with the new Insul-Fleece by C&T Publications. Insul-Fleece keeps cold things cold and hot things hot. Metalized mylar is layered in between polyester fleece to create a high-quality barrier that reflects heat or cold. Very easy to sew through. It's coming out very be on the look out!

And while I'm on the subject of fabric, come join me in my first online class of the fall semester at My Creative Classroom, "Fabric: What, How, and WOW!" Come use that stash of fabric you have(or go shopping for one!) and let's create some cute and useful things with my favorite medium...fabric!

We'll make cards, photo frames, embellishments, art quilts, and even wearable fabric art! Click here to see full course description and to register for this class. Class starts Tuesday September 14th.

Remember, an online class means you can view materials 24/7 whenever YOU'RE ready...on YOU'RE schedule....and in your jammies! :D

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wanna win some goodies?

Hop on over to Star's blog and enter to win this:It's a great exclusive pack of goodies from Memory Works. She's a consultant now and can order for you straight from her website!

Friday, September 3, 2010

On an ATC roll...

I am just so loving making these ATC's. Here's another one I made as a sample in one of my online classes, "Fabric: What, How, and WOW!" at My Creative Classroom. Fabric class? Yep. You'll have to join the class to see where the fabric is. (I know, I'm mean...but really, you'll love this class!)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

More ATC's

Here's the last three ATC's for the swap and they're packed in an envie for shipping. Can't wait to see the ones I get in return!! I love ATC swaps!! The background for the top and bottom cards is embossed Sticky Backed Canvas...yes, it's true! Such wonderful texture...and from cloth!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Big 5-OH! ATC Swap!

Here's my first two ATC cards for Lisa Vollrath's "Big 5-OH ATC swap". I used Tim Holtz' WONDERFUL BINGO embossing folder for the top one. His embossing folders have such a deep impression. I love them!

All the ATC's should pay homage to Lisa turning 50 this year and journey, adventure, etc. I think these two companions look like they are off on an adventure...don't you think? Maybe they're singing, "On the Road Again"...?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another ATC swap!

Head on over to Lisa Vollrath's Ten Two Studios. She's turning the big 5-0 and is celebrating with another ATC swap. I'm in and have my downloadable clip art sheet. I'll post my creations as I complete them! :D Happy, happy birthday, Lisa!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Look what's in my yard today...

Yeah, it's a bear. We've had a few bears in the neighborhood...they know when it's garbage day! We've even called the Sheriff's office but they can't do anything because it's the bears' habitat. And they are so used to scrounging for food from the garbage cans that they couldn't go back into the wild. So until they harm a person or animal we've got these "pets" walking around.

I don't live in a rural area, mind you. I live on a cul-de-sac that is bumped up against other neighborhoods. There is a state park nearby, but these bears would have had to walk quite a few miles with traffic to get here!

Oy Vey!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I'm in the Ten Two Studios Zine!!

Yep, I was honored to be one of quite a few artists who got picked to be in Lisa Vollrath's Ten Two Studios Fifth Anniversary 'Zine. A few posts ago a talked about Lisa's five years in biz. She had a ATC swap, which I participated in and I got picked to have a few of my ATC's in the 'Zine.

YAY! Thanks, Lisa :D

Here's the ATC's I received in the swap:
From Janet Nierenhausen, TX:

From Joann W.:
From Sherri Beeler, Oregon:
From Patty Gracey, TN:
From Sarah Stainback, North Carolina:

Thanks, Ladies...your cards are wonderful!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Crafting with the Cricut: Beyond Paper" online class!!

I've just opened up a new class for registration at My Creative Classroom called "Crafting with the Cricut: Beyond Paper". The class is just that...taking your Cricut (any machine you have) and cutting/crafting with all things non-paper, OK we just MIGHT use a bit of paper!! This is a jam-packed class...5 weeks of course material AND projects to go with each.

Now please don't be alarmed at the length of the supply don't have to purchase everything at once...pick what you want to do during the class and you can follow along with the others. You'll always have the downloadable PDF tutorials for later use when you're ready to purchase the other supplies.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

More ATC's

More ATC's for the swap...Yeah, I know I'm supposed to make only 5, but I made 6. I got rather addicted to this small size. It's easy to do a few at a time and use up your scraps. I ended up going through all the little bowls of extra stuff on my table for embellishments.

I think a few of them need a bit more stuff on them. Maybe a jewel or some doodling with a journaling pen. I've got to get them to Lisa ASAP...we're headed off to a mini vacation at the beach and I wanted to get these all done before we leave.
Hope you're having a great summer! :D

UPDATE: I did add more bling to all of these but of course forgot to take a photo of them before I sent them off. :(